Its source is a Hebrew expression meaning "Right-hand son."
This boy's name is used in Hebrew.
Some favor the meaning ''son of my later years,'' and others ''southern son.''
As the sons of Yaakov (in English, Jacob) and Rachel, Binyamin and his brothers each gave their names to one of the twelve tribes of Israel. After the Exodus from Egypt, the Benjamites gained a reputation for ferocity in the battles for the conquest of Canaan.